Miss Buncle, whose dividends are dwindling, writes a novel about her village and its inhabitants to supplement her income. Only she describes her neighbors a bit too well: they soon recognize themselves in her book (a runaway bestseller), are terribly offended, and uproar ensues. Light and easy, yet so wonderfully witty and well-written, it's nearly impossible to put down.
In baking, the rather unseasonable warmth and sunshine last week put me in the mood for lemon. So here are the Lemon Squares from Martha Stewart's Cookies:
A wonderfully rich and incredibly lemony recipe. I only made two small adjustments: extending the baking time slightly and serving the squares without the confectioner's sugar topping to let the lemon really shine. Now if we could just have the sunny skies back!